Benedict XVI responds to criticism of his essay on the Church and the sexual abuse crisis
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Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has responded to criticism of his essay on the abuse crisis, saying many negative reactions have confirmed his central thesis that apostasy and alienation from the Faith are at the heart of the crisis " by not even mentioning God in their critique of his essay.
Vatican City, (CNA) - In a brief statement in reaction to such criticism published in German magazine "Herder Korrespondenz," the former pope pointed to a "general deficit" in the reactions to his essay, saying that many critical responses missed the very point he was making.
Published in April by Catholic News Agency, the National Catholic Register, and in the original German by CNA Deutsch as well as other media, Benedict's essay described the impact of the sexual revolution as well as " independent from it " a collapse of moral theology in the 1960's, before suggesting how the Church should respond by recognizing that "only obedience and love for our Lord Jesus Christ can point the way."
Reactions to the essay have been particularly strong in Germany, where insiders say the former pope, a native Bavarian, has long been subject to sustained criticism from certain quarters.
Benedict cited the example of a critical response to his essay from a German professor of history, pointing out that while the professor's response was four pages long, "the word God does not appear [once]," even though apostasy was the central claim of the scholar's argument.
Such a critique of his essay thus "shows the seriousness of a situation, in which the word 'God' in theology even seems to be marginalized."
"As far as I can tell, in most reactions to my contribution, God does not appear at all," the former pope wrote. "Therefore, the central issue I wanted to raise is not being discussed."
Criticism of this kind only served to demonstrate "the seriousness of the situation," Benedict continued, "in which the word God often appears to be on the margins, even in theology."
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